For 719 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Glenn Garvin's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Joan of Arcadia: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Just Legal: Season 1
Score distribution:
719 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    New NBC drama is an obvious rip-off of This Is Us, but without any real heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    Amazon Prime's ZeroZeroZero might be the most extensive collection of narcotrafficker aphorisms ever, sort of a Red Book of the cocaine trade.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    That's Hunters: the waste of a heavyweight cast on a smarmy, smart-assed and sportively sadistic wallow in 1970s anti-Nazi paranoia. As violent and tasteless as any Quentin Tarantino project (and yes, Inglorious Basterds is definitely a point of reference) but without the underlying talent, Hunters' only likely achievement is triggering a wave of common prayers across religions and cultures for the continued good health of Pacino so that this mess isn't remembered as his last project.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 5 Glenn Garvin
    Imagine, as I suppose you have many times, Footloose set in a Stalinist work camp. Or a Hunger Games in which the weapons are not bows and arrows but manuals of Canadian Choreography for the Big-Butted. Or that you suddenly and unaccountably found yourself with a fatally compelling urge to thrust red-hot pokers into your eyes and ears while praying for a quick descent into the fiery embrace of Hell. This last one, I must dutifully report, is no longer just an amusing fantasy but a genuine likelihood should you decide to watch an episode of Hulu's dizzying post-apocalyptic rap drama (I am pretty sure I'm the first person ever to type that phrase) Utopia Falls.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 5 Glenn Garvin
    For a show that really ought to be horsewhipped, have a look at NBC's alleged sitcom Indebted, which stars the animated corpses of Fran Drescher and Steven Weber as broke Baby Boomers who have to move back in with their son and his wife (Adam Pally, The Mindy Project, and Abby Elliott, Saturday Night Live). My only question after watching the pilot was, are they joking? And the answer was, no, not even once.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Glenn Garvin
    Katy Keene lasciviously rolls around in every threadbare cliché of showbiz melodrama and then some.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    A funny, horrifying, and generally thrilling account of a female Los Angeles police chief's rocky relations with the city's scummy, thieving (and, of course, male) power brokers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 55 Glenn Garvin
    There's nobody to love or even like much in Briarpatch. Even Allegra is flat and withdrawn; her insistence on staying to pursue the case is driven by intellect rather than emotion.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 5 Glenn Garvin
    Outmatched is abominable, repulsive claptrap, not just anti-intellectual but actually anti-intellect, a rousing call for the stupification of America.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    It's like the miscegenated offspring of a quickie three-way between Lost in Space, Love Boat and Veep: sometimes funny, often inane, and usually obsessed with conjugation of fornicational verbs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 55 Glenn Garvin
    It's a serious piece of work, with talented writers like Richard Price and Dennis Lehane doing the adaptation. But the result is curiously—and annoyingly—uneven, as if different production crews took over on alternate days undoing one another's work.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 55 Glenn Garvin
    Putting aside Deputy's peculiar politics and red-meat aesthetic, though, it has undeniable appeal. The intricately staged shootouts and car chases are gleefully frequent, the dialogue crackling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 55 Glenn Garvin
    Dare Me is long on atmosphere, short on plot, and distressingly overburdened with anachronistic dialogue.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Glenn Garvin
    Identity politics are the newest member of the cast, and a most unwelcome one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 35 Glenn Garvin
    The publicists for Hulu's new revenge drama Reprisal's describe it as "hyper-noir." Actually, it's more an object lesson in how those two terms can't be used together. Film noir is darkly underlit, a creature of the shadows. Its dialogue is cynical but clever. Though its sexuality may be frenzied, it's about seduction, not rape. "Hyper" implies the opposite: Garish. Extreme. Grating. Which is actually a fairly good description of Reprisal. Throw in "charmless" and "crude" and you've pretty much painted the whole picture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Glenn Garvin
    The Morning Show is high-voltage drama and big-time entertainment, a savage, scorching portrait of the TV news industry as a modern court of the Medicis where corporate genocide is coffee-break sport, where subordinates exist to be crushed and superiors to be sabotaged. It may not be exactly news that the most trusted men (and, these days, women) in America are anything but, but it's never been so convincingly demonstrated.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Mad About You cultists will be enthralled—well, pleased—about the presence of some of the old friends, relatives and sidekicks, including John Pankow and Richard Kind. Not present, alas, is the spacey and inept waitress Ursula, so popular in first go-round that she elevated Lisa Kudrow into a co-starring role on Friends. How long do we have to wait for a reboot of that?
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Glenn Garvin
    Intended as a modern comic spin on Ibsen's A Doll's House, Dollface is funny enough, though it mostly misses the feminist boat. It more closely resembles a little-watched FXX surrealist comedy of sexual manners called Man Seeking Woman, in which clueless characters conversed regularly with their own ids as they plotted blundering romantic strategy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Glenn Garvin
    The audience, tentatively, clapped, and Fitzgerald's dancing career was over. Forty million records later, it seems the Apollo audience got it right.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    To the extent that Limetown has a point (other than whatever corporate perfidy ultimately turns out to be responsible for what happened), it seems to be that the 24-hour news cycle has so scrambled Americans' brains and scarred their souls that even the most profound tragedies have been forgotten by the weekend.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Glenn Garvin
    In short, there's a zesty story to be told here. But it mostly isn't in this miniseries.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Glenn Garvin
    A rollicking meditation on fakes, frauds, and phonies, where anything from a spouse to a case of cancer can turn out to be counterfeit—and probably will.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Producer-host Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) tries hard, but these children brim with a smarmy precocity that makes me long for a TV version of another candid-kiddie work, National Lampoon's old "Children's Letters To The Gestapo."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Everything in Batwoman—the plots, the dialogue, the characterizations—is very comic-booky, in the worst sense of the term.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    Newcomer Kennedy McMahon, who plays the title role in The CW's new version of Nancy Drew, certainly passes the cuteness test. But her Nancy falls short in every other respect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 45 Glenn Garvin
    There's not much here you haven't seen on another Fox cartoon, King of the Hill, except it's done with Southern accents. The pilot does feature a couple of interesting guest appearances—one by an anarchist cat working to destroy zoning laws, and another by Colin Powell doing the macarena. Call me if they get their own shows.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 85 Glenn Garvin
    Easily the most promising series of the fall broadcast season: funny, poignant, and drenched in the chemistry between three charismatic actresses playing women who suddenly learn they're sisters.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    There are lots of jokes about the sexual and intellectual traits of white trash, apparently the only remaining socio-economic minority without PC protection, but out of respect for the billions of pixels leaping to their fiery deaths to bring you this review, we will say no more.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    Despite Modi's manic presentation, Sunnyside resembles nothing so much as a 30-minute public-service spot for Catholic Legal Services or some other pro-bono law firm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Glenn Garvin
    What follows are some awkward dates in which Walton is very forthright and earnest. That's not the same thing as funny. Not at all the same thing, as you'll realize well before the first commercial wakes you up.

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